This is the state she's in. They've treated her 4 times in 2 weeks with ivermectin, and they said she improved, but is still scratching. To top things off, she seems to have some fungal spots on her nose:
This poor baby is bald on her stomach, both sides, and has huge wounds. She's been on Bactrim for a week and a half at the kind vet's office, and none appear to be abscessing.
I'm going to treat with Revolution and go out to snag some Nizoral shampoo in case she's got a fungal problem going on as well. Any other ideas? Anything I can put on her poor skin to give her more comfort?
If it were my pig, I'd definitely assume that she's got fungal all over. You've probably got two or three things all going on together -- the scratching sets up wounds for secondary infections, etc.
I'd probably start her on Vitamin C tablets too -- just to boost her overall nutrition and ability to heal and regrow fur. Keep her on fleece/towels too so that she's on something soft.
I've read here of people using cold pressed virgin Coconut Oil as a conditioner and as an emollient. That's about the only thing I'd put on the bald spots.
What a dear thing.
Edited to add: I found this thread on a search for coconut oil and thought you might be interested. http://www.guinealynx.info/forums/viewtopic.php?p=1149096#1149096
You''l probably want to read the whole thread, but it looked sorta similar to Clementine.
Suisan -- that's a great idea, I'll pick up some chewable vitamin C at the grocery store! I'm keeping her on a very soft fleece of her own, and she seems very grateful for it. I'm going to look for the coconut oil tonight. I may do a very slight bit of mineral oil on her worst spots until I can find it (unless someone has advice to the contrary)
Feylin -- definitely... I'm actually keeping her in one of the smaller pet store cages just so I can monitor her more closely and pick her up more easily.
GuineaPinny -- Not a problem, but if you would, let me get her up on Petfinder with her donate button first, just in case someone who's a millionaire feels sorry for her. ;)
She is the biggest sweetheart in the world, and will sit sweetly in my lap and let me rub the furry parts of her head. And then she'll give this sort of sigh and put her head down. Very calm considering how she must feel.
Poor, poor girl. I've never seen a pig seizure so badly with mites.
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Don't bathe her again until the mites have mitigated; try Monistat cream directly on the worst (apparently) fungal spots in the meantime. (Uh, like I need to tell you that, now. Shoulda mentioned it earlier, huh? One of these days I'm not all here.)
As soon as she dries, I'm dosing her with Revolution. I think I'll hit up the vet tomorrow for Program. The metacam really seems to help a ton, she's still itching, but not seizuring, and is making serious inroads on a pile of hay.
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It's better to sort of "pat" it on, rather than rub. Rubbing can trigger seizures and/or hours of more itchiness, IME.
Also, when you do get ready to bathe again--and I'd hold off, too, ditto on that--I had a lot of luck with EpiSoothe Shampoo and Conditioner. I really, really, slathered on that conditioner and let it sit. Helped a lot with regrowth of nice soft hair, plus soothing the upset skin.